Extend develoment to poorest - minister

2012-09-11 17:18

Johannesburg - Childhood development projects should be extended to the poorest provinces, said Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana on Tuesday.

"Development of the Eastern Cape and Limpopo provinces should be also prioritised," she said.

"Women and children are suffering in those areas."

She was speaking at the launch of an early childhood development project headed by resource company BHP Billiton in collaboration with international non-profit organisation Path, at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg.

The company has donated R200m for a five-year initiative towards transforming early childhood development in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Maputo and Mozambique.

The project would concentrate on improving health care services for newborns and children up until the age of two years.

It aims to decrease child and maternal mortality.

Xingwana hailed the initiative and encouraged other private companies to follow suit.

"Social investment is a very critical element of creating a sustainable economy and progressive social development," she said.

Margot Davids of the department of social development said the first 1 000 days of life determined every child's future development.

"Giving a child a good start is one of the best gifts that government can give."

  • jonny.g.gonzalez - 2012-09-11 17:26

    To da poorest of da poor. To da homes of da homeless. Hayibo eish!

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-11 17:53

      Why does this pathetic ANC keep on telling US what we already know THEY must do...I am really beginning to wonder about the average IQ of our ministers, it seems less than the African average of 70 which is per definition borderline retarded.

  • Robin - 2012-09-11 17:27

    The title says it all..

      jenny.hadingham.1 - 2012-09-11 18:29

      And its incorrectly spelled, nogal. 'Develoment'????

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-09-11 17:41

    If you all stopped stealing the money then these homes and facilities would have been there 18 years ago

  • willem.vanrensburg.35 - 2012-09-11 17:44

    Minister, you made a couple of appearance that confirmed that you are only their to milk the system. You in fact proofed that you do not know what is going on in you speaches, never mind the country.

  • john.morreira.9 - 2012-09-11 17:59

    R200 million! I wonder how much will find its way to the intended recipients?

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-09-11 18:08

    And you only realise this NOW Minister??!!! Imagine if you just shared some of your salary with these women and children wow that would be something!!!!

  • mkhindana.peter - 2012-09-11 20:26

    You are definately right Lulu.Most people think that Limpopo is not a S.A province.First it was the whole textbook saga and the president is not doing anything about it and he's taking it lightly because he's busy turning KZN into New York.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-12 11:46

    Lulu Xingwana, the invisible, has crept out the woodwork. Another failed Zuma minister.

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